German Eiskaffee (Coffee and Ice Cream) Recipe

Close-Up Of Coffee With Ice Cream In Cup
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings German eiskaffee

This German recipe for eiskaffee, or coffee and ice cream, attempts to recreate the flavor and feeling of a sidewalk café in Germany. 

Picture this. You're in Berlin. You've just been to the zoo with the kids. It's hot, and they are clamoring for ice cream.

You find seats at the sidewalk café down the block, and you sink into one of the straight-backed chairs. You order an eiskaffee.

Ahh! Cold coffee and ice cream never tasted so good, and the caffeine content has a restorative quality.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cold coffee
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup unsweetened whipped cream (about 1/2 cup heavy cream unwhipped)

How to Make It

  1. In a glass or metal bowl, mix together cold coffee, evaporated milk and sugar to taste until sugar dissolves completely. Chill thoroughly.
  2. Place 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream in each of the bottoms of two tall glasses. Pour the chilled coffee-milk-sugar mixture over it and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  3. If desired, the whipped cream can be sweetened by adding sifted confectioners' sugar to taste but, traditionally, it is left unsweetened.
  1. Serve immediately with an iced-tea spoon if desired. It doesn't get any better than this.

More Ice Cream and Coffee Treats from Germany

  • Spaghettieis Recipe: Literally "spaghetti ice," this ice cream is made with a ricer through which ice cream is pushed to form long strands of ice cream resembling pasta. Strawberry sauce emulates tomato sauce and coconut or white chocolate shavings play the part of Parmesan cheese.
  • Neapolitan Ice Cream RecipeKnown as fuerst pueckler eis in German, this easy three-layered ice cream dessert is made in a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  • Coffee with Rum RecipeGerman pharisaeer kaffee has an interesting back story so be sure to check out the recipe for this beverage made with strong coffee, dark rum, and sugar cubes.
  • Café Au Lait RecipeMilchkaffee (literally "milk coffee") is a coffee drink made with 50% milk and 50% coffee. It can be ordered in most cafés and pubs in Germany. A little unsweetened cocoa powder is often sprinkled on top and the sweetening is left up to the drinker. A nice amenity offered with milchkaffee is a little Danish butter cookie from the tin. 

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